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posted by shaunthesheep80
14 October 2021

Terrified of a test

Last reply: 1 month ago
Recently had a smear, which was negative. GP referred me to gynaecologist. This happened previously due to cervical ectropian. Went for appt today expecting a colposcopy. But it was a consult. GP saw dark lesion on vagina, and consultant booked a biopsy for two weeks and mentioned ruling out melanoma. He said it was rare, but didn't mention any alternatives for what it could be. This was totally unexpected, and I am freaking out. Stupidly googled it. I have 2 young kids, thinking the worst. I'm terrified
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posted by Oak
07 October 2021

Period after several years

Last reply: 1 month ago
Hi, I was treated for BC in 2021/13 - involving surgery, chemo and radiation followed by tamoxifen and then letrozole. I came off letrozole in January. my periods never really resumed after chemo and so I would say it's at least 5 years since I've had any period, including spotting, etc. My blood-work from 2/3 years ago indicated I was in menopause. This week I have a full on period with a good bit of discomfort in the area of my stomach where my uterus is and involving my left ovary. I'm wondering if this is common and could it be my body adjusting to coming off the hormone treatment. I've had some pain in my non-effected breast which I went to the GP with and have an appointment in the Breast clinic early next month. I'm wondering will I just wait until then or should I have the occurrence of the period checked before then? If it's common I'm happy enough to wait. Thanks for your time. I'm 50 years old.
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posted by Fifil
04 October 2021

Presence of precancerous cells following LLETZ

Last reply: 1 month ago
Hi, I had my first abnormal smear about 8 years ago. I've been in and out of the Colposcopy clinic since then with only one normal smear in that time. I recently had my first LLETZ and got my results which confirm presence of precancerous cell (as they expected). No cancer cell were found. I another smear in 6 months. I'm very worried. It's alway been low grade changes. They think use of steroids might be the reason my body hasn't dealt with this it's self! What happens if there are still abnormal cell in my next smear? Thanks
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posted by Hector87
28 September 2021

Bowel problem

Last reply: 1 month ago
Hi all im new to this For the past 9 months ive had a niggling pain in my low left abdomen i went to a GP twice to be told try ignore as it doesnt sound sinister. Recently in the past 2 weeks ive noticed blood in my stool. I go regulary every day no change in bowel habits just the constant niggling pain which is bareable. Im very worried it could be cancer. My stomach also gurgles a lot and i pass a lot of wind Has anybody any similar experiences if so please let me know.
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posted by brightonblue
09 September 2021

Counselling

Last reply: 2 months ago
Hello, Do you have counselling for carers of people with cancer or do you know of any free services providing same? Many thanks.
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posted by claudia merfu
27 August 2021

Tmoxifen

Last reply: 3 months ago
Hi, i started tamoxifen on July 4th, so I'm almost 2 month into it, i had my last period on the 7th of August and today it seemed like i got it again, or at least I'm hoping is my period and not just a random bleeding. I was diagnosed with stage 1a bc in April, had a lumpectomy and slnb which were clear.i have seen all my doctor's in the last couple of month and it seemed that everything was fine.my gynecologist suggested a total hysterectomy with dual oophorectomy, which i am considering because he said the bleedings will happen.i guess my question is if this is something that i need to address right away because the tamoxifen is already doing damages or should I wait because my periods will be irregular for a while?thank you
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posted by azzo
19 August 2021

Cocooning

Last reply: 3 months ago
My mother in law has been diagnosed with lung cancer. When not in hospital she will be living with us. My primary school aged kids are due to resume school in September. Obviously they are too young to be vaccinated. Should we homeschool them instead? Is that what people do? We have isolated ourselves from everyone because of Covid, but all of us adults are fully vaccinated. Is it ok to go into work in person for a once off meeting? Is it ok to meet my own mother and father? Precautions are in place. Outdoora where possible, ventilation, wearing masks, hand washing etc etc. The spread of Delta variant is scary but cutting ourselves off from everything and everyone feels extreme. Is this what people do?
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posted by harris
04 August 2021

Prophylactic mastectomy

Last reply: 3 months ago
I am currently on the public waiting list for a Prophylactic mastectomy. I am just wondering if there is anywhere that this can be done privately. Many thanks
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posted by Ebony2021
24 July 2021

Post radiation for breast cancer

Last reply: 4 months ago
Hi, I was diagnosed with BC in Feb in my right breast, I had lumpectomy and a month of radi therapy which finished mid May. Everything healed and settled down into June. I started tamoxifen early June also. But since early July I have constant ache and discomfort in both armpits. So bad it woke me up at night. I've been back to my consultant in June & he referred me for mammo and u/s of both sides, which I had done 2 wks ago. The radiologist there said pain & lumps in right side are most likely due to radiation therapy and that the covid vax can cause swelling in area where I received my vax (left arm). While left armpit isn't as bad now as it was, the right has got worse since the mammo & u/s. Finding it uncomfortable to wear bra and to sleep, with heaviness & discomfort. Is this normal 10 wks post radiation therapy even when it seem to settle down in June. Or is it something I need to get re checked or mri? I'm anxious something is amiss. Thank you for your help.
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posted by Joanbreda
25 June 2021

Abnormal Cells Breast Biopsy

Last reply: 4 months ago
Hi I got an Ultrasound and mammogram last July due to lump on breast,mammogram showed up calcificifications on opposite breast the left one.Was called back for stereotactic biopsy,results were not cancer thank god but was told I would have another mammogram in 12 months. Had an general appointment with consultant Tuesday and he said results of biopsy last year were not cancer but they were not normal, so will be having yearly mammograms,I started to get a bit worried and told him he said it may increase chance of getting breast cancer down the line and also with family history too,I am 47 and feel a little worried still what does abnormal cells mean ?
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